Things to check

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Apple ID

Apple's terms and conditions state that users must be 13 years of age or older to have a personal Apple ID.  This means that prior to 13 years of age, the Apple ID associated with a child's iPad is the parents'/guardians' AppleID for that device, and not the student's. Consequently, we ask parents/guardians of children under the age of 13 to create, manage and not share with their child their child's Apple ID. Parents can decide whether to continue to manage their child's Apple ID once he/she turns 13 years of age.


Check Safari Browser History

The Safari Web browser on your iPad keeps a log of Web pages that you have visited in the past.

To access the Safari We browser History:

1. First, open your Safari browser by tapping on the Safari icon, normally located on your iPad Home Screen.

2. Tap on the Bookmark icon (top left)

3. Select the History Option

4. You will then be presented with a list of websites accessed, listed in time of access.

5. If you are unsure of the listed site, select the site name, which will then open the webpage so you are able to view. 

Private Browsing

Safari, on an iPad will allow you to Private Browse the internet. This will protect your private information and block some websites from tracking your behaviour. Safari won't remember the pages you visit, your search history, or your AutoFill information. Turning Private Browsing on is not a good idea if you are wanting to keep track of what your child/children have accessed, therefore, ensure that Privacy Browsing is turned off.

Note: While Private Browsing is enabled, Safari appears black or dark instead of white or grey.

To turn on or off private browsing:

  1. Tap on the Safari app, then tap the two pages icon (top right) 

  1. Tap on Private (top right) to turn on or off. (black or dark privacy browsing is on, white or grey privacy browsing is off)


Check iMessages

iMessage is an Apple service that lets you send unlimited messages over an active Wi-Fi connection to other iOS devices, therefore it is a good idea to check every so often. To check iMessage, selct the iMessage app.

For further information about iMessage, please visit:

Deactivate iMessage with an Apple ID if iMessage is a distraction

If iMessage is becoming a disruption to your child/children, you are able to deactivate iMessage by signing out of the iMessage account. To sign out of iMessage to deactivate your Apple ID with iMessage:
1. Go to Settings and select  Messages.
2. Tap on  Send & Receive
3. Tap on the Apple ID.
4. A submenu will then display. Select Sign Out to deactivate your Apple ID with iMessage, therefore making iMessage no longer active.



Deactivate FaceTime with my Apple ID if FaceTime is a distraction

Likewise, if FaceTime is becoming a disruption to your child/children, you are able to deactivate FaceTime by signing out of the FaceTime account. To sign out of FaceTime to deactivate your Apple ID with FaceTime:
1. Go to Settings and select  FaceTime.
2. Tap on the Apple ID.
4. A submenu will then display. Select Sign Out to deactivate your Apple ID with FaceTime, therefore making FaceTime no longer active.


Check Apps, music and videos

Information Communication Technologies (ICT) and the internet are important tools for study and life. At Redlands College we aim to gradually introduce students to ICT so they can develop the relevant skills while also learning to be responsible digital citizens.

Parents also play an important role in helping children have safe and positive experiences with ICT. Parents spending time with their children while using ICT is highly beneficial. For example:

  • browse your child’s music library
  • view videos in their collection
  • have a play with the apps/programmes they have installed. Specific apps that may need specific attention include:
    • social networking apps like Instagram that allow users to store images,
    • iTube, which is used to store videos.

Unfortunately, the general public can use social media inappropriately. 9 Most Dangerous Apps for Kids is a useful article highlighting how social network apps can be used inappropriately. We do not use these apps for school purposes and strongly recommend parents remove these from your child/children’s devices.

For more information about using iPads at home, please visit the iPad Portal: iPads@home.


Home Internet Filters

Internet filters provide a way to secure an internet connection and prevent access to restricted web sites. When someone tries to access a web page, the request first goes through the filter. It is then checked against a list of websites that are blocked. If the site is not on this list, the page is displayed to the user. If the websites is on the list, the website is blocked and cannot be accessed. We strongly encourage all families to make use of web filtering at home due to the potential access to explicit and extreme materials that are available online. More information about home Internet filters can be accessed on the iPad portal at: Internet Filtering And Access Management at Home


Please Note: Although filters constantly use powerful algorithms and searches to work out, update and block inappropriate sites, on occasions inappropriate sites may be still be accessed and viewed. The nature of the internet, (new sites created each day, sites changing names etc.) means that blocking every inapproriate site is very difficult to achieve, therefore the best filtering system is parent supervision. 
It is also important to check that your filter is working regularly, as power failures, internet disruptions etc. can cause the filter system to fail without warning. 
For more information about checking your Home Internet Filters, please visit your relevant Home Internet Filter providers website. 
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